Aslan's Dignam lined up for 'Voice' judging panel
ASLAN singer Christy Dignam is in talks to join the judging panel on RTE's 'The Voice'.
The well-known musician has been approached by the series producers to take part in its upcoming season.
A source has revealed that the 52-year-old is in line to replace Brian Kennedy, who is looking "very unlikely" to sign up for the next installment of the competition as a mentor.
"It's very up in the air with Brian at the moment. No one has signed any contracts yet," the source said.
"There is no doubt that having Christy come on board would make for terrific TV viewing. He's very vocal and it would be extremely interesting to see how he'd get on with Sharon Corr, Bressie and Kian Egan. You can be sure they'd clash."
Kennedy did not respond to queries from the Irish Independent yesterday.
In the last installment of 'The Voice', Dignam criticised the judges for using the show to promote their own careers and music.
He claimed that the celebrity mentors took part in order to sell albums, rather than help the contestants break into the industry.
"It's all about the judges," he said at the time. "I can't name one contestant on the show.
"And now you have the judges releasing their singles on 'The Voice'? That's not cool."
Up to 3,000 hopefuls have applied to take part in 'The Voice', which will return in the winter for another four-month run on the air.
These numbers were whittled down to 800 and last week the final 200 applicants were selected to audition in Dublin.